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Listen to Them

A new report from the UK House of Lords says the government there doesn't listen to its scientific advisers, and recommends that they be consulted during policy making, reports the Guardian's Ian Sample. "The government must overhaul its use of chief scientific advisers to prevent departments from ignoring and sidelining evidence that affects their policies," he says. "The committee examining the role and function of chief scientific advisers found that expert advice was sometimes blocked, dismissed or not sought early enough to influence the decisions they made." The committee also recommends that future scientific advisors be recruited from outside the government, and that they work part time to maintain ties with academia and industry, Sample adds.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.